We’re deeply concerned about the lack of effective investigative journalism on Greater Yellowstone subjects and seek a new tool to provide reliable, defensible, science-based information around which we can organize and act more effectively together. We are excited about our progress to date and look forward to establishing a much needed regional voice to help us better understand the trends, forces and events affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem today and in the years ahead.
In response to these concerns, we are launching a web-based forum called Mountain Journal under the management of Todd Wilkinson. Its web site is under construction.
Craighead Institute will be the fiscal sponsor for Mountain Journal, a new voice and a new framework to provide:
1) independent investigative journalism about issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,
2) a thoughtful consideration of what the future may hold in the face of an escalating range of on-the-ground threats to the integrity of the ecosystem, and
3) to foster responsible future management actions in the area.
Wilkinson, an award-winning author and 30-year veteran of some of the best reporting on the GYE., will write his weekly column, The New West, exploring issues in the region. He will recruit colleagues and fellow journalists with broad, science-based experience in the GYE to contribute articles and columns. The result will be a platform for inquiry and an independent voice that will speak to the aspirations and concerns of the millions of people from around the world who care about the region.
Todd Wilkinson was tapped by National Geographic magazine to work with writer David Quammen to produce the 2016 special issue devoted to the threats to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His recent biography on Ted Turner has been widely acclaimed, and his book on Grizzly 399 , featuring photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen, won a 2016 High Plains Book Award. His involvement with Mountain Journal will give it instant credibility with a broad audience.
Todd Wilkinson was tapped by National Geographic magazine to work with writer David Quammen to produce the 2016 special issue devoted to the threats to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His recent biography on Ted Turner has been widely acclaimed, and his book on Grizzly 399 , featuring photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen, won a 2016 High Plains Book Award. His involvement with Mountain Journal will give it instant credibility with a broad audience. For those who don’t know Todd or his work, see a bio and summary at: http://toddwilkinsonwriter.com
Mountain Journal will publish frequently. Its social media platform will be unrestrained by the limitations of a print journal. It will be fact-based, utilize emerging and established scientific research, and aim at the general public-- people who care about the GYE, its public and private lands and its vibrant rural communities. It will continuously publish stories including long-form investigative pieces, shorter stories on emerging issues readers want to know about now, and explore what success on the ground looks like.
Mountain Journal has launched this May (2017). We hope to secure two-year funding for Wilkinson as its creator and editor. This arrangement will give him the ability to do on-going research and travel as needed, and to immediately engage other journalists as contributors.
We are currently seeking funding from individuals and private foundations. The effort will be overseen by a Council with broad, long-term experience in the GYE. The establishment of an independent, non-profit entity is underway. The fiscal agent for Mountain Journal is the Craighead Institute. Tax deductible contributions may now be made via mail to Craighead Institute, 201 South Wallace (Suite B2D), Bozeman, 59715, or online on our
A fiscal sponsor fee of 5% of the donation goes to Craighead Institute to cover our bookeeping/accounting fees and related expenses.
In dealing with government, elected officials, and economic interests and institutions, Mountain Journal will seek out stories and information providing transparency, accountability and understanding in a non-partisan manner. Examples of this approach are illustrated by a recent series of investigative pieces authored by Wilkinson regarding the critical issue of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and wildlife management. The CWD piece generated a unanimous response by the Montana State Senate, on a vote of 50-0, calling on the State of Wyoming to stop the artificial feeding of elk in feedlots, a practice that could contribute to the spread of CWD in Greater Yellowstone’s mammal populations.
In summary, Mountain Journal will provide an intellectual framework through which citizens can explore the ongoing political and economic forces that are shaping the future and viability of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Yvon and Malinda Chouinard Mike Finley
Craig and Jackie Mathews Mike Clark and Barbara Rusmore
Rick and Mary Lee Reese Joanne Dornan
Lisa Robertson Lori Ryker
Marshall Cutchin Franz Camenzind
Duncan and Eva Patten Tom Mangelsen
Lisa Diekmann Ann Harvey
Paula Beswick Tim Crawford
Lance and April Craighead Gus O’Keefe
Timothy Tate Bert Raynes